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William Christenberry
Born 1936 in Tuscaloosa, AL
Lives and works in Washington, D. C.
House at Christmastime, Greensboro, Alabama, 1993–94
birch plywood substructure; balsa, bass, and pine wood;
tempera and acrylic paint; cloth; Plexiglas; and red soil
17 x 31 x 21 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust and Foundation
2002.7.1
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Alabama-born and reared, Christenberry has been fascinated with his native landscape, especially since the 1960s when he moved away from it. His work subjectively documents the decaying architecture of Alabama through paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings. This house, like many of Christenberry's constructions, incorporates native red dirt, thus the work is literally rooted in Southern soil.